Troy Boone is a specialist in Victorian studies whose areas of scholarly interest include ecocriticism, imperialism and literature, children’s literature, and the gothic. He is currently completing a book titled The Natural History of the Present, which focuses on Victorian environmental writing and its relation to the history of industry and urbanization in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Victorian London, and the world’s oceans. The book offers interdisciplinary studies of how the Victorians composed environmental histories of these regions, studies anchored by discussions of the writings of the Brontës, Charles Dickens, and Joseph Conrad. Troy Boone has also begun a study of Victorian texts about environmental utopias, dystopias, and apocalypses, tentatively titled Nowhere: An Environmental History.
His first book, Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire, was published by Routledge in 2005. He has also published articles on such topics as Bram Stoker and fin-de-siecle decadence; Victorian tourist guidebooks; Joseph Conrad and the Titanic disaster; the Marquis de Sade and romantic-era discourses on sexuality; Bernard Shaw and the Salvation Army; Daniel Defoe and the origins of gothic fiction; Mark Twain's detective fictions, Girl Scout handbooks, and the Nancy Drew mysteries.
His next article publications will be “Early Dickens and Ecocriticism: The Social Novelist and the Nonhuman,” forthcoming in Victorians and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives, ed. Ronald D. Morrison and Laurence Mazzeno, and “Dirty Weather,” forthcoming in Conrad and Nature, ed. Jeffrey McCarthy.
Recent Graduate Courses
Global Fiction in the Victorian Age
Imperialism and Modernity: The West Indies
Imperialism and Modernity: The Near East
Seminars on Dickens, the Brontës, Joseph Conrad in the South Seas, the lyric, plants and literature, and the year 1816
Literature and the Environment
Contemporary Environmental Literature
The Romantic Period
The Gothic Imagination